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Scottish politics dissected from a left, pro-independence stance. Each week, award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Lesley Riddoch chews over the week’s news with former media lecturer and Dundee United fan, Pat Joyce. If you like intelligent, quirky chat about Scottish society and culture, and Scottish, UK and international politics analysed from a Scottish perspective; this podcast is for you.

Jun 25, 2019

Lesley’s just back from the Community Land Scotland conference at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye where the rural housing crisis, facing young people in particular, was the key topic.

Lesley questions whether the Scottish government is doing enough to tackle the desperate situation particularly, in the light of...


Jun 19, 2019

It's the morning after the night before and, as we promised, we try and dissect the Tory party leadership debate on BBC 1.

We focus, not just on the performances of the candidates, but the format and the poison chalice of chairing handed to Emily Maitliss.

The latest YouGov poll revealed that Tory party members...


Jun 11, 2019

We kick off this week’s podcast with the unavoidable bunfight that is the race for the Tory party leadership (I defy you to name the 10th contender without Googling him).

Lesley focuses on the broadcast media’s coverage of what is an entirely internal Conservative party issue but one with major implications for the...


Jun 4, 2019

Lesley has just submitted her, nine years in the making, PhD thesis on the Norwegian and Scottish hutting movements. She reflects on what these two very different experiences can tell us about the economics of power lying beneath the surface of UK democracy.

This leads us, neatly I reckon, into the Preston Model of...